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Margrethe Ramirez

Weekly News!

This week in room 15…

  • In writing we continued looking at writing samples focusing on specific strategies we can use in our own writing.  We tried writing a good lead, adding more details and using dialogue.
  • Native American Day was a hit!  Students participated in several hands on activities including making a leather pouch and playing a rabbit hunt (spear throwing!) game. This is always one of my favorite days and I could tell it was a student favorite as well.  I hope you heard all about the fun day!   Thank you to Isabella’s dad, Peter’s dad, Marley’s mom, Allie Lou’s mom, Juliette’s mom, and Brody’s for chaperoning.  In class learned about the lengthy process that Native Americans used in preparing acorn mush.  
  • Please check out the “Weekly Reminders” section to find out about great opportunities to learn more about local Native Americans as well as about upcoming parent education opportunities offered by the district.
  • In Reader's Workshop we worked on specific strategies to help us understand what we read.  Students practiced stopping and jotting at the end of a chapter or section noting . . .  1) Who was in the section?  2) What was the section about?  3) And does it connect to an earlier part or is this new information?  Students can practice this strategy at home with any book.
  • We did some predicting with our class novel: Stone Fox.  We discussed that predictions need to be based on what we already read and know about characters.
  • We are wrapping up our unit on multiplication.  This week we learned about the distributive property.  It's a tricky concept, but sometimes it helps to be able to break down a problem into smaller parts.   We also played multiplication games to help us learn our facts.  
  • Life Skill Focus:  Caring- treat someone in a nice way and Friendship- to make and keep friends.   I am proud to recognize Kaila, Juliette, Arjan, and Rachel for modeling the life skills of caring & friendship this week!  

Volunteer Sign Ups


Our school and classroom wouldn't be the same without the help of parents like you.  There will be opprotunities to help out throughout the year.  



Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped out with Native American Day.  THANK YOU:  Cameron A., Tom S., Davina R., Jenny O, Stefanie G, and Sara C.  The day wouldn't have been the same without you!


Other parent help is needed November 29th for our San Francisco Symphony trip, December 13 for "Immigration Day", January 26 for our Chabot Space & Science Center trip, February Valentine's Day party, March 14 our trip to the Mt. View Sanitary District, late April/early May for our Moraga History Trip and finally in June for our end of year party.  Our trips in March and April will require parent drivers.  Parents helping on trips or in class projects need to be cleared by the district.  


Volunteers are required to fill out paperwork, take a quiz, and bring a copy of your driver's license to the office or district office.  Click here to access the requirements.  Many people are already "cleared" with the district.  Please contact the office or myself if you are unsure of your status.  Driver form is located in my "locker".  Please fill this out if you can be a driver.


Thank you for all the support you provide in and out of the classroom.













Weekly Reminders

Monthly Mania Projects for September are due on Tuesday, September 26th.  We will share our presentations throughout the week.


Picture Day is Thursday, September 28th.  


If your child is interesting in learning more about Native Americans, there are a few events and places to visit nearby.  On October 1st the Ohlone People have their yearly gathering at Coyote Hills Park in Fremont.  Anyone is welcome to attend.  Here is the link: Ohlone Gathering  Another neat place to go is go to Point Reyes National Seashore to visit Kule Loklo the coast miwok village site.  Here is the link for more information:  Kule Loklo



Reader's Workshop Presentation by Leslie Nash from West Coast Literacy:  Thursday, October 19th 6:30-8:00 at JM

















Raz-Kids Reading

Raz-Kids log in: http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login The code for our class is mmramirez.  Students select their name and they each have a pass-code icon.  


We will practice logging on at school so that students should be able to access the program easily at home.  Students will be assigned Raz-Kids reading from their assigned level one night each week.  






Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic Book Orders are placed every 3-5 weeks.  I usually send home Scholastic book fliers every month.  The due date for orders will be listed here as well as on the Scholastic website.



Books can be ordered by visiting Scholastic and using our class code: LW9P2.